Dr. SSV Ramakumar is Director, Research & Development, on the board of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IndianOil), a Fortune 500 company. Dr. Ramakumar has three decades of uninterrupted R&D experience in the downstream hydrocarbons sector, notably in the areas of lubricant technology; refinery process research streams, including catalyst development; and development, quality upgradation, and marketing coordination of automotive lubricants. He is instrumental in the development of India’s home-grown, OEM-approved marine lubricant technology, which catapulted Indian Oil’s SERVO lubes into the select league of five multinational oil companies. He spearheaded the complete indigenization of Indian Oil’s flagship residue upgradation technology by developing an in-house catalyst for the process. Dr. Ramakumar has to his credit over 135 research publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals and 45 patents. In addition to serving on the board of Indian Oil, Dr. Ramakumar is also on the boards of Oil Industry Development; Central Pollution Control, India; Society for Petroleum Laboratories; India Energy Forum; and, most recently, Lanzatech. He also presides over several national scientific societies, including International Council of Internal Combustion Engines, India Chapter; Indian Society of Fuels and Lubricants; National Lubrication Grease Institute, Indian Chapter; and Tribology Society of India. He also spearheads the Start-Up initiatives of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. In his long career, Dr. Ramakumar received many awards, including NPMP, FIPI, NRDC, AIIMA Innovation, Bangalore Nano, and most recently the World Petroleum Congress Excellence Award for Technologies he developed at Indian Oil. He holds a doctorate in chemistry from IIT-Roorkee (erstwhile University of Roorkee).